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[ATTACH=right]16750[/ATTACH]Many new iPad addicts out there have certainly had the idea: It would be so great if there were an easy way to mount that thin tablet on your car's dash to use all those apps on the go.

Now, one California start-up has announced it's making the dream come true. [URL="

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[ATTACH=right]16268[/ATTACH]The federal government and almost all these United States are broke, and so they're considering something we've all at least thought about from time to time: making money off the Internet. There's a fight brewing in Washington, D.C. over an attempt to collect sales tax from online purchases... yet again.

The idea is pretty simple - states haven't been able to collect sales tax on most Internet purchases thanks to a 1992 Supreme Court Decision holding that retailers can only charge tax in states where they have a physical presence (yes, all the folks in Kentucky have been getting screwed on their Amazon orders for many years now), so now they're turning to Congress for help getting around the ruling. The result is [URL="

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As goes Google, so goes the rest of the universe -- or at least that's the fear this week after the start up-turned-giant-turned-common verb reported disappointing earnings that sent the Silicon Valley stock over a digital cliff after-hours Thursday.

[ATTACH=right]15859[/ATTACH]The company pulled in 1.84 billion dollars for the quarter or $5.71 per share, less than analysts' average projection of $6.52 per share.

Taking the blame for the disappointing figures are Europe's lackluster economic situation -- Google does a significant chunk of its business in the Euro zone -- and a recent ramp-up in hiring that bumped up total expenses.

But lurking below the surface here are worries about the Adwords Economic Indicator -- you saw the phrase coined here first, folks -- which could be telling us that retailers aren't buying as much online advertising as they should be, and, more importantly, indirectly telling us the economy is still pretty crappy.

Of course we should point out that Google, the company, its ad sales and those vital pay-per-clicks that underwrite its googol of tentacles forever invading the information universe, are all actually on the upswing.

"(Google saw) solid growth in our core business and very strong growth in our emerging businesses drove 24% revenue growth year over year," said CEO Eric Schmidt. "We saw strength in every major product area, as more and more traditional brand advertisers embraced search advertising and as large advertisers increasingly ran integrated campaigns across search, display, and mobile."

To translate the important part of that ...

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